Iranian Fire Festival


Kal Char Shenba is the last Wednesday* of the old winter, on this day every family builds a fire in front of their house, and every member of the family jumps over it while saying “Burea Qa o Biyea Shadi”, bidding sadness to go and joy to stay. The last Tuesday night of the Iranian year known as Chahar Shanbeh Suri (Chahār shanbé Sūrī – usually pronounce Chārshambé-sūrī), the eve of which is marked by special customs and rituals, most notably jumping over fire. On the eve of last Wednesday…

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